National Signing Day 2012 live blog
But the recruiting cycle isn't over. Like last year, a few choice holdouts plan to make their commitments in the coming days. Here are three to monitor:
Of course, the other lingering questions are whether
Upland (Calif.) wide receiver
Shittu selected Stanford over Cal and USC.
All three of Stanford's five-star prospects, including offensive linemen
Despite both stalwarts' departure to the NFL, Stanford's front may have actually improved.
Andrew Luck may be irreplaceable, but the important thing to remember is that Stanford was run-heavy last year. It amassed 2,738 rushing yards (18th in the FBS) and brings back Stepfan Taylor, who galloped for 1,330 yards and 10 touchdowns. And that doesn't include another high-profile pledge:
Most telling? Since Rivals started keeping track, Stanford has never produced a recruiting class better than No. 20. This year, before defensive end
Murphy's announcement gives Stanford three of the top eight offensive linemen in the 2012 class. Ranked 19th in the country, Murphy is the highest ranked of Stanford's impressive offensive line haul.
Murphy was the Cardinal's second five-star offensive line commit of the day, joining
Here are some of the high-profile flips from Wednesday:
• Westlake Village, Calif., receiver
• Cleveland offensive lineman
• St. Petersburg, Fla., defensive end
• Boca Raton, Fla., back
If that isn't enough flippage for you, take a moment and read The
The Denver Mullen signal-caller started the day committed to Washington and ended the day that way despite USC recruiting him late in the process.
Miles started to examine other options after the departure of offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier to Alabama, but the nation's second-ranked dual-threat quarterback elected to play for Nussmeier's replacement, Eric Kiesau.
A few hours later, the Tigers responded. Wide receiver
The two commitments give the Tigers 19 in the 2012 class, and provide the team with an offensive foundation for the future. Wide receiver Emory Blake and tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen return and will be joined by running back
Around the rest of the country, Florida State added to its phenomenal day by signing cornerback
Florida continues to push for Harvey-Clemons while his fate remains uncertain, sources told Rivals.com's Keith Niebuhr today. The Bulldogs and Gators were tied atop Harvey-Clemons' list late in the recruiting process.
Darby is the fourth player to announce for Florida State today, not including
Miami Beach (Fla.) four-star wide receiver
Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) four-star offensive tackle
Peat, the sixth-ranked offensive tackle in the nation, picked Stanford over Nebraska. Peat is the fifth four- or five-star offensive lineman in Stanford's class.
Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher has little reason to sweat with Eligwe reaffirming his decision to go to Florida State.
Eligwe, from Stone Mountain (Ga.), is the second-ranked prospect in Georgia.
• Florida State: Twelve players have already signed their letters of intent, including five-star
• USC: Weren't NCAA sanctions supposed to wreck the Trojans' recruiting? Despite limited scholarships, 13 of USC's 15 commitments boast a four- or five-star rating, and many are signing from outside Los Angeles. Athlete
• Washington: Tosh Lupoi's addition is playing out better than Steve Sarkisian could've hoped. Since coming over from Cal on Jan. 16, the Huskies have nabbed safety
• Alabama: Add tackles
• Notre Dame: The Irish have struck out since landing
• Auburn: It's not who the Tigers signed, it's who they didn't. In regard to defensive tackle Goldman, linebacker Alexander and defensive end Williams, Gene Chizik and staff are 0-for-3.
• Cal: Thompson and Payton switched, and other top prospects including
• Too early to tell: Florida. The Gators flipped five-star defensive end
Payton originally committed to USC, then flipped to Cal at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. His status with the Bears was thrown into question with the departure of assistant Tosh Lupoi to Washington.
Payton is the 16th-ranked player in California and the 15th ranked receiver in the class.
Dodson will help improve depth on an offensive line that added five prospects in this recruiting cycle. Dodson is the 10th-ranked player in Ohio.
When his position coach left for Washington, Shelton was close to committing to the Huskies before USC stepped into the picture. Shelton will be the second cornerback prospect in USC's 2012 class.
Both picked USC over Florida, among others.
Agholor is the third-ranked receiver in the class and the second-ranked player in Florida.
Davis did not send a letter of intent to LSU in the morning. Instead, he announced he would head to Texas in a ceremony at Shreveport (La.) Woodlawn on Wednesday.
Texas, which usually does most of its recruiting in the spring and summer, received four commitments since Jan. 28, including Davis.
Williams is a four-star end who considered Florida and Auburn through the process. At 6-foot-5, 255-pounds, Williams has the potential to be an elite lineman for USC.
That continued on Signing Day with the signature of Rivals250 defensive end
Vatuvei of Patterson (Calif.) is the 22nd-ranked player in California and 11th-ranked defensive end.
Greenberry, a onetime Notre Dame commitment, signed with Houston and first-year coach Tony Levine.
Greenberry was the top receiver in Notre Dame's class. The Irish will only bring in two receivers, which was a major priority in this recruiting cylce. Greenberry, from Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union, was recruited by assistant Jamie Christian at two schools: first at Arizona State, then at Houston.
Tomlinson is the seventh Georgia recruit to commit to Alabama.
The four-star prospect told Nebraska coaches weeks ago of his decision, but he did not announce publicly until today.
Moore could play cornerback for Nebraska but first he needs to qualify academically.
Rippy narrowed his list to Pitt, West Virginia and Arizona before settling on the Panthers. Pitt also received a Signing Day decision from three-star safety Bam Bradley.
The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood end had been committed to Florida State but hinted he could change his choice in recent months.
Despite the loss of Fowler Jr., Florida State will retain one of the top defensive line classes in the country with
Ekanem, a Rivals250 prospect, joins Rivals100 athlete
Green-Beckham, from Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest, was long believed to be leaning toward Arkansas, but an official visit with the Tigers in the final weekend of recruiting may have swayed him.
In December, Green-Beckham trimmed his list to five, but Missouri made the biggest late impression. Tigers coach Gary Pinkel landed at Green-Beckham's high school via helicopter, followed by a bus full of Missouri assistants in mid-January.
Green-Beckham gives Missouri an elite 6-foot-6, 220-pound receiver as the Tigers enter the SEC next season.
As shocking as it may sound given the fact that the SEC West is clearly the dominant division in that league, the No. 1 player in the Rivals.com rankings has signed with an SEC East school each of the past four years. Last year, Rock Hill, S.C., defensive end Jadeveon Clowney signed with South Carolina. Two years ago, Moreno Valley, Calif., defensive end Ronald Powell signed with Florida. Three years ago, Wichita, Kan., tailback Bryce Brown signed with Tennessee. (Two out three ain't bad.)
How will Green-Beckham fare in the SEC? Who knows. He hasn't played a snap of college football. But he has the physical attributes that could make him very successful. He appears to be a faster version of Alshon Jeffrey, who would have put up bigger numbers at South Carolina had the quarterback situation been more settled.
Missouri's quarterback situation is extremely settled. Against a brutal schedule, James Franklin was excellent in his first year as the starter. He threw for 2,865 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while also running for 981 yards and 15 touchdowns. Missouri, typically fairly pass-happy under Gary Pinkel, ran the ball more because of the ability of Franklin and tailback Henry Josey. But with Josey probably out for 2012 after a horrific knee injury, look for the Tigers to throw the ball more than they did in 2011.
That's where Green-Beckham comes in. Leading receiver T.J. Moe returns to Missouri, but the Tigers lost tight end Michael Egnew and No. 2 receiver Wes Kemp. Green-Beckham will have an opportunity to contribute immediately. He'll also be challenged almost immediately. Georgia, which should boast one of the nation's best defenses, visits Columbia, Mo., Sept. 8.
Goldman, from Washington D.C. Friendship Collegiate Academy, picked Florida State over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Cal, Clemson and Miami.
He becomes the second five-star defensive lineman in the class, joining tackle
With Goldman's decision, Jimbo Fisher is cleaning up on Signing Day for the second consecutive year. He's emerged as one of the top closers in today's recruiting circuit, building another loaded class after his No. 2 crop in 2010. And with Goldman and tight end
The Ducks landed a pair of dynamic wideouts, adding
Todd Graham boosted his first class at Arizona State with four-star running back
Perhaps most importantly, some of the biggest names in the 2012 class stayed put. Running back
Howard, the top prospect in Florida and top cornerback in the Class of 2012, announced he will attend Miami after trimming his list to Alabama, Florida, Florida State, USC and West Virginia.
Howard is breaking a school tradition by heading to Miami, which plays down the road from Miramar's campus. Miramar High had become a pipeline to West Virginia, providing the Mountaineers with quarterback Geno Smith and wide receivers Stedman Bailey and Ivan McCartney.
Miami will have one of the largest classes in the country with 33 potential signees.
Wednesday, Golden landed Miramar, Fla., cornerback Tracy Howard, the highest rated player in South Florida. Miami beat out Florida and Florida State for Howard, which bodes well for Golden this year. More importantly, it helps Golden for the future because it means he has earned the respect of the locals.
Dade and Broward counties typically produce enough players to stock a very good college football team, but those players don't always attend the same school. When Miami is rolling, it can essentially select the best players from the most talent-rich area of the country. When Miami is struggling, the locals start looking north to Gainesville and Tallahassee or out of state.
With an NCAA investigation into the Nevin Shapiro allegations and a 6-6 record in his first season, Golden and his staff needed to work even harder to convince area players that Miami can become nationally relevant again. They got a huge boost when Miami Norland tailback
Bradley considered offers from Arizona, Stanford among others. Bradley's brother is linebacker Nicholas Grigsby, who signed in last year's class.
The Blinn Community College running back didn't take too much time to deliberate Wednesday when he signed with Arizona State.
He also considered Houston and Ole Miss.
Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes athlete
Harvey-Clemons was in demand in the Southeast and received a late push from Florida and Florida State.
I don't have hard data on this, but I'll take an educated guess that Harvey-Clemons has the most interesting after-school job of any recruit in America. Forget the nametags and hair nets. Harvey-Clemons is a bond agent. His grandfather, Woodrow Clemons, is a bail bondsman, and Harvey-Clemons helps the family business by occasionally springing people from the pokey. In fact, when Georgia coach Mark Richt used his in-home visit to attend a church service with Harvey-Clemons, Harvey-Clemons had to slip out of his pew to get three clients out of jail.
Read all about how Richt wound up giving part of his recruiting pitch at the jail in this
Addison, the 18th-ranked receiver in the country, and Missouri City (Texas) Elkins wide receiver
That will happen with Allen signing with the Ducks earlier this morning.
Ray, the ninth-ranked prospect in Missouri, had been committed to the Tigers since July 31.
Curry, the 43rd-ranked prospect in Texas, chose Nebraska over Iowa.
In other morning action, Michigan pulled off an early coup by flipping four-star running back
Finally, though it comes as no surprise, Virginia Tech landed the biggest prospect before 9 a.m. by nabbing Midlothian, Va., athlete
The three-star prospect is close friends with Missouri City (Texas) Hightower wide receiver
Atlanta Washington running back
Taylor is a three-star running back ranked 52nd in Georgia.
Taylor's case is interesting because he is one of the first players affected by
Under the old rules, Alabama could have signed Taylor to a National Letter of Intent anyway. That would have banned other schools from recruiting Taylor, even though it wouldn't have guaranteed him a 2012 scholarship. This year, had Taylor decided to wait on the Tide, other schools could have continued recruiting him. That way, if he changed his mind during the summer, he could have taken a scholarship from someone else without any red tape.
Taylor opted not to deal with that scenario, choosing to sign with Kentucky after a late push from the Wildcats, Ole Miss and Purdue. Taylor will follow in the footsteps of Gadsden, Ala., receiver Daryl Collins, who passed on an Alabama grayshirt offer last year to sign with Kentucky. Collins missed last season after suffering a knee injury in preseason camp.
Despite a push from Ohio State and West Virginia, Caleb joined the Hokies' class. The Rivals100 prospect is ranked third in Virginia.
Kirven, the seventh-ranked player in Virginia, picked the Crimson Tide over Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
The three-star wideout also considered Vanderbilt and Iowa before announcing for the Scarlet Knights on Wednesday morning. He is the fourth receiver in the class.
Norfleet, from Detroit Martin Luther King, was surprised by the sudden scholarship offer from the Wolverines on the eve of National Signing Day.
"It's been a crazy night," Norfleet
The 5-foot-7, 180-pound Norfleet could be a return specialist, slot receiver and running back for the Wolverines.
It may be early, but the future of college football isn't waiting. A number of top recruits are set to announce their college choices today, and the morning session is particularly stacked: Five-stars Tracy Howard, Josh-Harvey Clemons, Eddie Goldman and Dorial Green-Beckham -- you may have heard of him -- are all set to commit before 10:30 a.m. ET.
We'll once again be here all day to analyze the latest signings, flips and offbeat declarations. Our partners at Rivals.com will chime in with breaking news as it occurs. As a roadmap for the day, here is a tentative schedule of announcement times for some of the major uncommitted prospects. All times are ET.